What do Malaysians and Scousers have in common, la?
For those not familiar with any Scousers, the “la” is a kind of vocal punctuation. As far as I can tell, Malaysians use it in exactly the same way, i.e.
You all right, la?
I’m going to the shops, la.
That film was awesome, la.
Since the use is so similar, I find it hard to believe that it evolved simultaneously, but I don’t know if it originated in Liverpool and got transported to Malaysia or vice versa.